Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North



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Information Session on Richardson Ridge Phase II Blasting

For residents near Richardson’s Ridge, particularly Kanata Estates, there will be a Blasting Information Session this Tuesday November 25th from 7:30-pm at the Beaverbrook Library, 2500 Campeau Drive (Mlacak Centre).  Blasting of hard granite will begin on December 1st and will continue for approximately 4 months with a shut down over the holiday period Dec 19 – Jan 5th. Representatives from the Contractors and Consultants conducting the work will be present to discuss the topic and answer your questions.

Click on image below to view the information package.

Information Package

RRCK Climbing wall

photo 2The gym at the Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata now has a    beautiful new climbing wall.  The RRCK Rock climbing wall is
made out of Rusian birch plywood 25 mm and stands 24 feet tall. The wall has 5 different
routes and is equipped with 5 auto belays
& top rope belay.

Kids and adults of all ages and abilities are welcomed to try
climbing.  Kids under the age of 12 must have a parent or
guardian over the age of 16 with them while climbing.

There will be barcode instruction classes and birthday parties
available in January.  All necessary equipment and harnesses
will be provided  and no experience is necessary.

Footwear must be worn, rock wall shoes are encouraged but
not provided please no chalk.

Cost for an hour of climbing:
1-12yrs  =  $5.00
13-17yrs  =  $7.50



Wild Bird Photography Contest

This is a very exciting opportunity for local bird enthusiasts.  Send up to three wild bird photos via email to  All the images submitted will be brought together to create a slideshow to showcase not only the birds from the National Capital Region but also the talent of our local bird photographers.

The slideshow will be presented before and after the formal presentation of the December Wildlife Speaker Series.  A jury (which includes Ottawa Citizen journalist Bruce DiLabio, the Photo Editor from Canadian Geographic as well as a City of Ottawa Professional Photographer) will select five winning entries which will be printed and displayed for a limited time at City Hall as well as on Contest closes on December 1, 2014.

Further information as well as rules and regulations can be found here: .

Please share this with anyone you feel might be interested. Information on the December 9th event

Winter is for the Birds

The final Wildlife Speaker Series of 2014 is going to be a very exciting one!  The topic this time is “Winter is for the Birds” and our speaker is none other than renowned birder and Ottawa Citizen columnist Bruce Di Labio!  We are also very excited to announce our Bird Photography Photo Contest!

Many residents enjoy watching, feeding and photographing wild birds.  Although many of our local birds fly south for the winter, others remain here year round.  Some birds from farther north fly to Ottawa and spend their winters here! This event will focus on Ottawa’s birds, and how they survive (and even thrive!) in the winter.  This is the final event to be held in 2014.

Renowned local birder, Bruce Di Labio, will speak about how Ottawa’s birds spend their winters in and around Ottawa.  Bruce had led bird watching groups locally and internationally for many years.  He also writes about birds in various publications, including the weekly World of Birds column in the Ottawa Citizen.

A nature slideshow showcasing local bird enthusiasts photos, as well as an environmental exposition will be offered for residents to learn more about Ottawa’s wildlife, natural environment and local environmental initiatives.  This event is free of charge.

Tues, Dec 9th
Ben Franklin Place101 Centrepoint Drive

6:00pm -  Nature/environment expo begins
7:00pm -  Formal presentation begins
8:00pm -  Continuation of Expo
9:00pm -  Event End


Order of Ottawa 2014

Mayor Jim Watson today announced the 15 residents who will be inducted into the Order of Ottawa this year, as well as the 2014 recipient of the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

This year’s Order of Ottawa ceremony will take place at City Hall on November 20.

“Inductees into the Order of Ottawa are remarkable residents who are being honoured for their service to our city through a variety of professional and civic-oriented endeavours,” said Mayor Watson. “I am pleased to celebrate the contributions of these wonderful people who have made a real difference in the lives of others in our community.”

Those who will be invested by Mayor Watson into the Order of Ottawa for 2014 are: Dr. Angel Arnaout,  Dr. Tim Aubry, Mariette Carrier-Fraser, Barbara Crook, Nicole Fortier, Dr. Qais Ghanem, David Gourlay, Greg Kane, Q.C., Gilles LeVasseur, Glenn McInnes, Peter Morel, Tom Schonberg, Gary Sealey, Jesse Stewart, PhD, and Mary Wiggin.

Mr. Greg Patacairk will be presented with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, a City award that recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment.

This prestigious civic award was established in 2012 by the Mayor and members of City Council. Recipients of the Order of Ottawa are chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist, and the Chief Executive Officer of Library Services.

The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields of endeavour that benefit the residents of Ottawa.

Meetings at City Hall Nov 17-21

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Board of Health – Monday, November 17, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Medical Officer of Health Verbal Report
  • Update on Ottawa Public Health’s Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) Preparedness Measures
  • Let’s Clear the Air: An Update on the Renewed Strategy for a Smoke-Free Ottawa
  • Moving Forward on Active Transportation in Ottawa
  • Transparent Reporting Practices
  • Q3 Update: Ottawa Board of Health Public Health Funding and Accountability Agreement – Indicators
  • 2014 Operating Budget Q3 – Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit Status
  • Delegation of Authority – Contracts Awarded for the Period of July 1 to September 30, 2014

Ottawa Public Library Board – Monday, November 17, 5 p.m., Festival Boardroom

Community Services Advisory Committee – Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee – Thursday, November 20, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

Public Open House Updated Flood Plain Mapping for Ottawa River


WHEN: Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 4-8 PM
WHERE: Roly Armitage Hall, West Carleton Ward Office
5670 Carp Road, Kinburn, ON

WHY: Updated Flood Risk Mapping in the City of Ottawa: Public Consultation Draft Mapping Completed for Ottawa River from Morris Island to Shirley’s Bay.

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority has just completed the draft updated flood risk mapping for the Ottawa River from the outlet of the Mississippi River at Morris Island to Shirley’s Bay. The project has identified flood prone areas (areas that are expected to be inundated during an extreme flood) along the river.

The public are encouraged to attend the public open house and/or provide comments on the draft mapping completed for this area.

The draft maps are available for viewing at Contact Matt Craig, MVCA Manager of Planning and Regulations for more information, 613.253.0006 ext. 226.

Identifying lands that are vulnerable to flooding is an important responsibility for Ontario’s Conservation Authorities. In 2014, MVCA completed the second phase of a five year undertaking of updating flood risk mapping studies on water courses within the City of Ottawa. Conservation Authorities use the mapping in the administration of hazardous lands.

Snow Removal Services: What Consumers Need to Know

As winter approaches, the City of Ottawa would like to remind residents that while many people who come to your door offering snow removal services are legitimate, you should always be diligent before making a purchase.

Before you hear a sales pitch at your door, remember:  

  • Always ask a salesperson to identify themselves by showing you company issued identification or some other form of photo identification. Make note of their name and the business they represent.
  • Never share personal information (for example, a utility bill).
  • Never leave the salesperson unattended in any room of your home. If you feel threatened or intimidated, ask them to leave. If they refuse, call the police.
  • Local utility companies, the City of Ottawa and government agencies don’t send salespeople door-to-door.

Always know who you’re doing business with.           

  • Be wary of high pressure sales tactics and “limited time only” signing incentives.   A good company will be willing to give you time to make up your mind.
  • Go online and look for customer reviews. A reputable company will be registered with the Better Business Bureau and be able to give you strong references.

Know the terms of the contract before you sign.   

  • Always make sure you get a detailed contract in writing. Read it carefully before signing anything. Scrutinize the fine print and know your cancellation rights.
  • Make sure the company name on promotional material matches the company name on the contract. 
  • Be suspicious if the company requires payment in full before the work is started. A staggered payment model using post-dated cheques, for example, is considered an industry best practice. 
  • Request a copy of the contract and keep it for your records.

Having second thoughts? Know your rights. 

  • The Ontario Consumer Protection Act gives you special rights when you buy something in your home. For example, you have 10 days to cancel a contract for whatever reason. For more information about your rights, visit the Ministry of Consumer Services website or contact the ministry directly at 1-800-889-9768.

Be Aware of Snow Removal Scams

In these scams, a con artist will take payment for a whole season of snow removal and then never return. To avoid being scammed:

  • Never pay for a whole season of snow removal unless you have a good relationship with a reputable company. If you are required to make a deposit, keep it low and make staggered payments over the term of the contract.
  • Ask to see proof that the company has an active Snow Plow Contractor business license issued by the City of Ottawa. A listing of licensed snow plow contractors is available on
  • Check the reputation of the company with your neighbours and go online for customer reviews and ratings. Ask if the company is registered with the Better Business Bureau and able to give you references from local clients.

All snow plow contractors licensed by the City of Ottawa are required to:

  • Have an active City of Ottawa Business License.
  • Have a City of Ottawa snow plow numbered plate prominently affixed to every snow plow vehicle.
  • Have a sign showing the name and telephone number of the business on both sides of every snow plow vehicle.
  • Ensure that snow removal vehicles do not throw, push, dump or otherwise deposit snow or ice on a street.
  • Keep a record of all contracts with the entries transcribed in ink in a clear and legible manner, or in a recording system.

Failure to comply with these requirements may constitute a violation. If you suspect a snow removal contractor does not have a City of Ottawa License, or has failed to comply with the above mentioned requirements, please call 3-1-1.

Meetings at City Hall Nov 10 – 14

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on, or call 3-1-1.

Built Heritage Sub-Committee – Thursday, November 13, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Chair’s Update
  • Video presentation of the 2014 Heritage Tour
  • Application for New Construction on Lyttleton Gardens (Pin: 042280202), a Property Designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
  • Application to Alter 241 Park Road, a Property Designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
  • Designation of the Hartin Hotel, 1993 Robertson Road under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act

French Language Services Committee – Thursday, November 13, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room


Kanata Santa Claus Parade

Yes it’s that time of the year.  The annual Kanata Christmas Parade is on Saturday November 15th starting at 10 am from Terry Fox and Castlefrank to the Hazeldean Mall.  Bring your food and financial donations for the Kanata Food Cupboard and enjoy a great parade.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

The frightening event that occurred on October 22nd at the National War Memorial makes it even more important to participate in Remembrance Day events.  In Kanata the Kanata Legion organizes a moving event at the Kanata Cenotaph on Colchester.  This year we will also be remembering Cpl. Nathan Cirillo along with others who have given their lives for our country. Please join me there and remember.

Mandatory carbon monoxide alarms

The City of Ottawa wants to remind all residents that, just like smoke alarms, working carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are now mandatory for all homes in Ontario.

On October 14 the Province of Ontario announced that the Ontario Fire Code now makes it mandatory to have CO alarms in most residential properties. Any residential property with a gas-fired appliance or attached garage must have an alarm. These must be installed near all sleeping areas in residential homes and in the service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units.

It also declared the first week of November as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Owners of properties with six or fewer residences have six months to comply and those with more than six residential units have one year to comply.

Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms should be tested at least once a month and replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When you change your clocks this weekend, also change the batteries in all your household alarms and emergency kits.

If the audible trouble signal sounds on your alarm:

·         Check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it.

·         If it still sounds, or you suspect CO in your home, have everyone in the home exit to the outdoors and then call 9-1-1.

·         Remain at the fresh air location until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

Find out more on carbon monoxide safety at

Kanata North Town Hall Meeting

November 12, 2014 Kanata North Town Hall Meeting, 7 – 9 pm
Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata (4101 Innovation Drive), Minto Room


1. Welcome and announcements

2. Community Policing Update – Constable Lori Fahey

3. Development:

  • Rezoning for Richardson Ridge: Presentation by Uniform Urban Developments and architect Barry Hobin
  • Site plan for addition to The Bridge church
  • Site plan for new elementary school at Terry Fox and Old Second Line Road
  • Two new business buildings on Terry Fox near Innovation
  • New building for Carpenters’ Union near the Tanger Outlet Mall
  • Final site plan and elevations for the Arcadia Retail development
  • Opening of new McDonalds on March Road
  • KNL lands, including drainage issues
  • Development of design plan for the north end of Kanata North
  • Opening of Tanger Outlet Mall, related traffic issues and eventual Campeau connection
  • New federal Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks in Kanata
  • New climbing wall for Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata

4. Councillor’s Report:

  •  Implementation of Councillor’s election commitments
  • “Lame Duck” Council restrictions
  • Remembrance Day in Kanata
  • Kanata Christmas Parade
  • By-law and snow markers
  • One-way traffic on Huntmar for game nights
  • Rail line crossing Klondike Road
  • Ongoing speeding concerns
  • Opportunities for committee involvement:

Dates to remember:
Nov. 11, 10:45 am: Remembrance Day  ceremony at Kanata Cenotaph on Colchester
Nov. 15: Kanata Holiday Parade

Meetings at City Hall This Week

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on, or call 311

Audit Sub-Committee – Monday, June 23, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2013 City of Ottawa Consolidated Financial Statements
  • Sinking Fund Financial Statements

Planning Committee – Tuesday, 24 June, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Status Update – Planning Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending June 17, 2014
  • Front-Ending Agreement for Modification of the Gloucester East Urban Community Stormwater Management Pond No.1 and Fish Habitat Compensation
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 360 Bobolink Ridge
  • Preston-Carling District Secondary Plan
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 93-105 Norman Street
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 2075 Mer Bleue Road
  • Official Plan Amendment – 2405 Mer Bleue Road and 2496 Tenth Line Road
  • Mural on 721 Chapel Crescent

Arts, Culture, Heritage and Recreation Advisory Committee –Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, June 25, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Built Heritage Sub-Committee – Thursday, June 26, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Application to Alter 455 Green Avenue, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
  • Application to Alter 429 Maclaren Street, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Centretown Heritage Conservation District
  • Designation of the Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park, Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Application to Alter the Brantwood Gates, a Structure Designated Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, Located at the Junction of Beckwith and Main Streets
  • Application for Demolition and New Construction at 565 and 575 Old Prospect Road in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District

Meetings at City Hall June 2 – June 6

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on, or call 3-1-1.

Crime Prevention Ottawa Board Meeting – Monday, June 2, 5 p.m. Colonel By Room

Finance and Economic Development Committee – Tuesday, June 3, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2013 Year End Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) Report – Summary
  • 2014-2018 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee
  • 2014 Municipal Elections – Reduced Opening Hours for Certain Voting Places
  • Appointment to the Bank Street Business Improvement Area Board of Management
  • Lansdowne Partnership Plan – Report on Exercise of Delegated Authority and Proposed Amendment to Existing Authority for the Operations Phase
  • Status Update – Finance and Economic Development Committee Inquiries and Motions – For the Period Ending  May 23, 2014
  • 2013 Investment and Endowment Fund Report
  • Capital Adjustments and Closing of Projects – City Tax and Rate Supported
  • 2013 Report on French Language Services
  • Semi-Annual Performance Report to Council – Q4 2013 and Q1 2014
  • Goulbourn Recreation Complex Remediation Project
  • Brownfields Property Tax Assistance, Rehabilitation Grant / Development Charge Reduction Program Application – Mrak Holdings Inc. – 1125, 1129, 1133, 1137, 1145 and 1149 Cyrville Road
  • 200 Brewer Way – Académie Westboro Academy, Revenue Lease Renewal
  • Designate 12,587 Square Feet on the 21st Floor at 160 Elgin Street as a Municipal Capital Facility
  • Airport Parkway Pedestrian / Cycling Bridge – Updates – In Camera – Reporting Out Date: Recommendation1 to be Reported Out Upon Resolution of Litigation; Recommendation 2 is not to be Reported Out

Transportation Committee – Wednesday, June 4, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Progress Update on Ottawa’s Cycling Program
  • Status Update – Transportation Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending May23, 2014
  • Semi-Annual Performance Report to Council – Q4 2013 and Q1 2014
  • 2015 Municipal Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Plan
  • Coordination of Snow Go Programs
  • Growth of City Fleet for Asphalt Repair Units
  • Surface Parking Lot at 160 Lyon Street

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee –Thursday, June 5, 6 p.m., St. Patrick’s Parish Fallowfield, 15 Steeple Hill Crescent

  • Arbuckle Petition for Drainage Works
  • Status Update – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Inquiries and Motions – For the Period Ending May 29, 2014
  • Semi-Annual Performance Report to Council Q4 2013 and Q1 2014
  • Kizell Municipal Drain Modifications and Improvements
  • Zoning – 7068 Fourth Line Road
  • Zoning – 5592, 5606 and 5630 Boundary Road and 9460 Mitch Owens Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment –3748 Rideau Road

Meetings at Ottawa City Hall

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on,
or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Board of Health – Monday, May 5, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee – Monday, May 5, 6 p.m., West Carleton Community Complex, Roly Armitage Hall, 5670 Carp Road
• Capital Region Citizen’s Committee for the Protection of the Environment
• Ontario Municipal Board Appeal – Subdivision and Zoning – 6335 and 6350 Perth Street
• Arbuckle Petition for Drainage Works
• Zoning – 3505 Trim Road
• Zoning – 3247 and 3273 Moodie Drive
• Zoning – 6363 Perth Street
• Carp Road Corridor Zoning Study
• Zoning – 669-681 Meadowridge Circle
• Zoning – Anomalies and Minor Corrections – Exception [19r]

Finance and Economic Development Committee – Tuesday, May 6, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room
• Comprehensive Legal Services Report for the Period January 1 to March 31, 2014
• 2014 Operating and Capital Budget Q1 Status Report
• 2013 – Purchasing Year in Review
• Delegation of Authority – Contracts Awarded for the Period October 1 to December 31, 2013
• Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre
• Federal Gas Tax Agreement
• Innovation Centre Implementation – Business Feasibility Study, Funding Agreement and Land Lease Agreement
• Fibre Media Incorporated Municipal Access Agreement
• Brownfields Property Tax Assistance, Rehabilitation Grant and Development Charge Reduction Program Application – 7947062 Canada Inc. – 460 St. Laurent Boulevard
• Amendment to the Agreement of Purchase and Sale for 2720 Richmond Road, Former Grant Alternative School
• Offer to Purchase Parkway House, 2475 Regina Street
• Brownfield Rehabilitation of 1445 and 1451 Wellington Street West
• Feasibility Report on Potential Public-Private-Partnership for Planned Recreational Complex in Southeast Ottawa
• Collective Bargaining Update (Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 503, Civic Institute of Professional Personnel (CIPP) and Ottawa Professional Firefighters Association (OPFFA) – In Camera – Reporting Out Date: Not to be Reported Out

Transportation Committee – Wednesday, May 7, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room
• School Bus Traffic Camera – Pilot Update
• Parking Services 2013 Annual Report
• Buy-out of Leased Loaders
• Cambrian Road Widening (Re-aligned Greenbank Road to Jockvale Road) Environmental Assessment Study – Recommendations
• Realigned Greenbank Road and Southwest Transitway Extension (Cambrian Road to Barnsdale Road) Environmental Assessment Study – Recommendations
• Airport Parkway Widening (Brookfield Avenue to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport) and Lester Road Widening (Airport Parkway to Bank Street) Environmental Assessment Study – Statement of Work
• Funding for a St. Laurent Boulevard North Road Diet Feasibility Assessment

Built Heritage Sub-Committee – Thursday, May 8, 1:30 p.m., Champlain Room
• Application to Alter 60 Blenheim Drive, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
• Application to Alter 140 Howick Street, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
• Application to Alter 300 Acacia Avenue, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District

Meetings at City Hall this week

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on, or call 3-1-1.

Information Technology Sub-committee – Monday, April 28, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Enterprise Asset Management (Maximo) Update
  • Panorama Program Update

Ottawa Police Services Board – Monday, April 28, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • National Capital Area Crime Stoppers – Semi-Annual Update
  • Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) Deployment – Policy Amendment
  • Lifecycle Replacement of Ottawa Police Mobile and Portable Radios
  • Secondment Agreements – Delegation of Authority
  • Appointment of Auxiliary Police Members
  • Appointment of Special Constables
  • Ontario Association of Police Services Boards’ Annual Conference: Funding Request
  • Canadian Association of Police Governance Annual Conference: Attendance
  • Tenure Program – 2013 Annual Report
  • Complaints Report – Part V, Police Services Act – 2013 Annual Report
  • Financial Status Report – First Quarter 2014
  • Performance Report – First Quarter 2014
  • Workforce Management Report – First Quarter 2014
  • Complaints Report – Part V, Police Services Act – First Quarter 2014
  • Legal Services Status Report – First Quarter 2014
  • Board Monitoring Requirements –  First Quarter 2014
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries and Motions – April 2014
  • Letters of Commendation

Check out the Kanata Arboretum!

Over the last couple of years visitors to the Beaver Pond Park in Kanata Lakes have probably observed a number of positive changes in this area. Indeed this serene park is the object of an ongoing tree planting program that culminated with the addition of 30 new trees in June 2013.

This planting program is not random. Plant specimens are chosen with the goal of creating a mini-arboretum of Canadian species in this beautiful park. At this time most of the trees normally encountered in our boreal forests have at least one representative in the Park.

A last important step remains for this mini-arboretum to become a complete reality. In the next few weeks community volunteers will affix an identification number to the most prominent instance of each species. I have agreed to fund the installation of an interpretation panel that will enable nature lovers to link trees to numbers to names and thus to discover the amazing sylvan diversity of our Nordic forests.

Give the arboretum a few years and passersby will be able to relax by the pond under a dense canopy, while learning to recognize native trees that define our rugged Canadian Shield. We expect numerous children and schools – not to mention the avid outdoor enthusiasts with an inquisitive mind – to avail themselves of this pedagogical resource unique in Ottawa’s west end.

Additional tree planting and interpretation in the Park will continue, taking advantage of resources as they become available. And of course all trees (old and new) will be protected against beavers by chicken wire. This aptly-named “Beaver” Pond is on the regular travel route of young beavers expelled from their family unit each summer. Tree protection is a must if this joint investment by the City and the community is to endure.

Photo by Mario Poirier

Photo by Mario Poirier

Tree Removal

An 8-acre site at Terry Fox and the Old Second Line is being prepared so that it could be used for an elementary school.  This involved removing trees from a portion of the site so geotechnical work can be undertaken and a site plan prepared.  Part of the site is being retained as natural forest tor future students to undertake environmental studies. This site is within an approved draft subdivision approved by Council in 2003 and is already zoned for a school.  April 15th was the deadline for tree removal in order not to interfere with bird nesting.  Under the City’s wildlife strategy, nesting boxes are being placed in locations for small mammals to use and openings left for larger animals to relocate.  Once the subdivision is built, this school will be in a residential area.

Tree removal has also commenced between Earl of March High School and Campeau Drive for construction of an addition of 24 rooms plus gymnasium for Grade 7 & 8 students.  Construction will be underway this summer.

Beaverbrook Heritage District

Last Thursday (April 10) I made a presentation to the Built-Heritage Committee of the City to outline reasons for designating Beaverbrook as a Heritage District and the process that needs to be followed to do so.  Bill Teron, the ‘Father’ of Kanata was present along with his son Chris, KBCA President Gary Sealey and others.  The Committee was impressed with the Kanata Concept for a Garden City and how Beaverbrook was suitable for Heritage District designation.  The Committee indicated support for a detailed analysis and public consultation to be undertaken over the next year.

The Heritage Designation does not stop changes from happening.  Anything from an addition to a home to a large apartment building could still occur.  What it will do is ensure that the Garden City Concepts are followed in any development so that the overall community nature is maintained.

A public meeting to describe the process will be held in a few months, once a Steering Committee is set up to organize the consultation.  Anyone interested in being on the Steering Committee should contact my office.


Rail Crossings in Kanata North

The City is doing a study of all rail crossings to ensure they meet safety criteria.  In Kanata North there are two rail lines, neither of which carries much traffic.  They are:

1)    The CNR line that crosses Carling Ave. in the Greenbelt and runs behind the business park, Catterick, Applecross, Celtic Ridge and Macara.  There are unprotected crossings on Klondike and March Valley.  CNR has applied to abandon this track but you need to check carefully for trains.  If the track is removed the City plan is to purchase the right of way for a trail.

2)      The City owned railway runs parallel to Carling, crosses Herzberg, Teron, March, Goulbourn Forced and Terry Fox.  There is generally one train per week in each direction (presently on Wed) but others could occur.  As Herzberg and March have OC bus routes the City will add gates there.  Terry Fox already has gates.  Teron is linked with Herzberg while the GFR has no protection so slow down and look when crossing on the GFR. The speed is only 10 km/h in this section.

2014 Bus Pads Project

Under the 2014 Bus Pads Project, 23 new bus pads/public waiting areas will be installed at OC Transpo bus stops in Ottawa West. In Kanata North, bus pads will be established in the following bus locations:

Flamborough West / Ipswich
Innovation East / Goulbourn Forced Road
Kanata South / Stikine
Legget West / Solandt

This project includes removal of curb and gutter, sodding, construction of curb and gutter, asphalt bus pads, and concrete pads.

Construction is expected to start in June, and to last approximately 2.5 months.  I have been advised that there will be little impact to traffic, and no impact on residential properties. Work to do be done on any arterial and major collector roads will be completed during off-peak hours.

RRCK Free Wi-Fi

The Richcraft Recreation Complex free public Wi-Fi went live April 15th. It is the first of 25 facilities across Ottawa to have free Wi-Fi. The City of Ottawa signed a five-year sponsorship agreement with IceNet Wireless – a Kanata North based wireless internet company and a division of EION Inc.  This is the latest sponsorship under the City’s Community Champions Program.


The OttYouth portal makes more youth friendly and will allow young people who use it to access a number of resources on geared especially for them, including:

  • Job opportunities at the City
  • Recreation and culture programs
  • Volunteer opportunities

Among the programs currently seeking more participation from young people:

  • Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training)
  • Tim Horton’s Cleaning the Capital
  • Paint-it Up!

Spring is Here!

1)     City Wide Burn Ban in Effect
Ottawa Fire Services is placing a city-wide burn ban into effect immediately to prevent the rapid spread of fire due to grass and brush fires. This ban will remain in place until conditions improve and the green grass starts to show through dead tall grass. This winter left more debris (fallen tree branches, leaves, etc.) on the ground than in previous years, which increases the risk of fire spread.

All open air fires are prohibited during a fire ban even for those properties that have a burn permit. There will be zero tolerance enforcement during the open air burning ban. 

2)     After Snow – Lawn Repairs
The extreme winter that Ottawa experienced this year necessitated frequent street ploughing.  In some cases City ploughs may have caused damage to residents’ lawns.  If your lawn was damaged by a City plough, call 311 to have your property added to the spring repair list.

3)     Playing Fields Closed
Now that spring is here, many people are anxious for outdoor activity and sports; however, playing fields are closed until further notice because, in their damp state, they would be damaged by people’s walking on them.  As well, please keep children away from water courses that may be seasonally dangerous.